Who IS Madeline (M.M.) Gornell ?
Madeline (M.M.) Gornell has four published mystery novels—PSWA awarding winning Uncle Si’s Secret (2008); Death of a Perfect Man (2009); Eric Hoffer Fiction finalist and Honorary Mention winner, the da Vinci Eye finalist, and Montaigne Medalist finalist Reticence of Ravens (2011); and PSWA award winner and Hollywood Book Festival Honorary Mention Lies of Convenience (2012). Both Reticence of Ravens and Lies of Convenience are Route 66 mysteries.
Madeline is also a potter with a fondness for stoneware and reduction firing. She lives with her husband and assorted canines in the Mojave Desert in a town on internationally revered Route 66.
Now... let's get personal and find out what makes Madeline (M.M.) Gornell tick:
Susan, so glad to meet you, and visit on your blog today! You’ve asked some very interesting questions. Several(about your favorite authors, books, characters) in particular caught my interest, I guess because I never grow weary of talking about my favorite author. I think that’s because whenever I’m feeling literarily-low(i.e. stuck) I go back and reread one of P.D. James’s Adam Dagliesh novels—and I’m immediately revitalized. I love visiting with Adam at one of P.D.’s wonderful British locations.
Why P.D and her protagonist Adam? He’s thoughtful, complicated, rather morose, and with a true heart. Through Adam (and other characters—she uses multiple POVs), not only does P.D. weave a marvelous story, but also draws her reader in using(believe it or not) compound and complex sentences, challenging words—some long (yes, she sends me to the dictionary occasionally), judiciously placed and sometimes lengthy descriptive passages—and most sentences are longer than eight words. Basically, writing that does not talk down, but inspires upward. Her writing style adds to the complexity of Adam’s character and the story lines she weaves. It is the type of exposition I would love to one day master, and the type of character I love meeting in my fiction reading. Yes, without out a doubt, P.D and Adam were, and continue to be my inspiration.
On good advice I’m received, NEVER, EVER give up. Then there’s a list I have on the wall behind me (so the words can mystically transfer from the paper to my brain!) Again, I’m quoting/paraphrasing/shortening P.D. James, “Increase your word power, read widely and with discrimination, WRITE, write what YOU need to write, and waste nothing that happens to you—however happy, however tragic...”
And to answer What is one of my favorite books? The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips is the best book I’ve read recently. Very creative, I thought.
Thanks so much, Susan, for offering me the opportunity to talk about writing. So much of what I’m blabbing about today, I’ve said before—even on other stops on this tour—but it’s so hard for me to resist the opportunity to talk about my favorite topic!
Contact and Buy Info from Madeline (M.M.) Gornell:
Madeline’s books are available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and Smashwords, in paper and e-book formats. You can visit her online at her website http://www.mmgornell.com , or her BLOG http://www.mmgornell.wordpress.com or email her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Buster, Dobie, and Mugs (the latest) are each drawing a name from comments for free copies of Lies of Convenience (or a M.M. Gornell title of your choosing)
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